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The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board has selected Joseph Wickens to be the agency’s executive director. He succeeds Jane Yaun, who retired on April 1.

“Community service boards are facing unprecedented pressures, so we were happy to choose someone with decades of experience,” said board chair Kheia Hilton. “This experience will help us make a smooth transition in leadership while providing important services to our community.”

Wickens began working at the RACSB as a residential counselor in 1997. He expected to find a part-time job to support him while he attended what was then Mary Washington College. He found a passion for helping people with developmental disabilities and a career that spanned 24 years.

“I started at Wolfe Street Group Home and saw the services provided were life changing for adults with disabilities and their families,” Wickens said. “I saw that we were doing important work in our community, and I wanted to be a part of it.”

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Wickens went on to manage group homes, oversee residential services, and lead community support services for the RACSB. He graduated from Mary Washington College in 2001, then earned an MBA from the University of Mary Washington in 2010. Throughout his career, he has received numerous accolades, including a Virginia Housing Award, and was chosen as one of the best in the region. Top 40 under 40 in 2012. He is a 2016 Leadership Fredericksburg alumnus.

He takes the helm of an organization that served nearly 25,000 people in fiscal year 2021. With a staff of 550, RACSB provides behavioral health and developmental disability services, including outpatient therapy, emergency services, day support, residential programs, prevention, early intervention, crisis intervention and more.

“RACSB has a long history of evolving to meet the changing needs of our community while staying true to our mission,” Wickens said. “I am proud to be a part of it and committed to our vision to support the education, recovery, treatment and well-being of individuals in our community.

Wickens lives in Spotsylvania County with his wife and four children.